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Old 02-20-2014, 12:31 AM   #1
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Blender vs. food processor...

What's the difference? I have a 10 speed blender and also a small bullet blender with a couple of attachments. I see recipes that say something like "put in the food processor for 2 minutes, until smooth".

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Old 02-20-2014, 07:22 AM   #2
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What's the difference? I have a 10 speed blender and also a small bullet blender with a couple of attachments. I see recipes that say something like "put in the food processor for 2 minutes, until smooth".
Try making a pasta or pizza dough in the blender.
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:14 AM   #3
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Blenders are really good with liquids or solid ingredients with a fair amount of liquid. Dry things don't work well in a blender. The opposite is true of a FP. A FP is really good at chopping, slicing, grinding, shredding, etc. dry ingredients.

As mentioned, it's also good at making dough for pie crusts, bread, pizza, etc.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:40 PM   #4
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Try making a pasta or pizza dough in the blender.
I have never tried making any kind of dough in a food processor.
Will the blade not just chop up the ingredients? Does one need a special attachment for dough? I have two processors, but only use them for chopping and mincing. I have a big one and a small one.
I am asking as I have never tried it.
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I have never tried making any kind of dough in a food processor.
Will the blade not just chop up the ingredients? Does one need a special attachment for dough? I have two processors, but only use them for chopping and mincing. I have a big one and a small one.
I am asking as I have never tried it.
I chopped the butter into the flour for a pie crust in my food processor. I added the liquid and the food processor turned it into a ball of dough, as I had read it would do.

My food processor also has a plastic, non-sharp blade for dough, but that wasn't what I used for the pie dough.

So, no, surprisingly, it doesn't just chop up the ingredients.
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Old 02-22-2014, 01:51 PM   #6
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I have never tried making any kind of dough in a food processor.
Will the blade not just chop up the ingredients? Does one need a special attachment for dough? I have two processors, but only use them for chopping and mincing. I have a big one and a small one.
I am asking as I have never tried it.
Our processor has a plastic blade as well, but we just use the metal blade. You'll think its magic the first time you see that ball form.
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Old 02-22-2014, 02:24 PM   #7
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If my food processor were on the fritz I might try making pasta dough or pie crust in the blender using a pulse method. But I would know that there would be a big difference in getting the stuff out of the container when the job was finished. I usually use the blender for mixtures that will pour out and the processor for solids.
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:53 PM   #8
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I have never tried making any kind of dough in a food processor.
Will the blade not just chop up the ingredients? Does one need a special attachment for dough? I have two processors, but only use them for chopping and mincing. I have a big one and a small one.
I am asking as I have never tried it.
Bread dough can challenge your food processors motor so I use my KA mixer.

But the food processor is terrific for making pie dough.
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:26 PM   #9
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Bread dough can challenge your food processors motor so I use my KA mixer.

But the food processor is terrific for making pie dough.
Yep. The KA mixer is the ticket for bread dough. It's almost hypnotic watching the spiral dough hook work. I'll have to try the processor the next time I do pie dough.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:14 PM   #10
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Is there a difference between a chopper and a food processor? They look the same to me, with the exception of the size.
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